Per your suggestion(s) for increasing traffic I use Publicize and it works well. Readers now know to bookmark and visit, which they do often. However, their visit doesn’t register as a hit even if they read multiple posts or rate a post or even hit the Facebook like button in a single visit. Is this by design?
The blog I need help with is jtweaverblog.wordpress.com.
Our stats are not real time stats. The data is cached and takes hours to update. See here for more on stats > http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/ WordPress.com stats are page view stats ie. every page viewed on the blog results in a page view stat.
But do be aware the likes and shares are not pages view stats. Likes and shares are misleading when you are talking about page view stats. Your followers and anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can “like” and “share” your posts in several locations such as in email and the Reader without ever clicking into your blog and creating a page view stat.
If you provide full posts by email and in your feed etc. then there is no incentive to click into the blog and register a page view stat. However, you can control the length of the entry sent out on your RSS feed here > Settings > Reading and choose the “summary” setting for your RSS feed or the “full text”. If you set it to summary then visitors have to click into the blog to read the full post.
Oh, I’m sorry, you probably thought there was some conjecture as to whether the stats work properly or not. There is no conjecture here, they don’t. I have run two separate tests where I had non-wordpress friends go to my blog using their bookmarked address to my blog and go through and read a minimum of 10 of my posts. I had them wait 2 days and then try it again. Nothing. Not a single stat. However, if they used the Facebook notification link to access the posts it registers fine as a hit.
I only used the example of likes and ratings as a proof that they were actually there, not as a thought of getting an additional hit and I always use the summary setting both in Publicize and on my blog page.
Oh! Sorry I misunderstood you. I tagged this thread for Staff to take a look at your stats. Please subscribe to this thread and be patient while waiting.
No problem. Thanks for passing it along.
The two main units of traffic measurement are views and unique visitors. A view is counted when a visitor loads or reloads a page. A visitor is counted when we see a user or browser for the first time in a given period (day, week, month).
You may notice that weekly unique visitors is less than the sum of daily visitors for the same week. This occurs when the same visitor appears multiple times during the week.
You may also notice that your visitor count lags behind your views count. This is due to the way we are currently crunching the numbers. Typically a view is reported within five minutes, while it can take up to two hours to report new visitors.
Do you have specific dates when you ran these tests? Also what was the specific link your friends used to access your site – was it http://jtweaverblog.wordpress.com/ ?
Let me know if you have any questions.
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